Dody Nicholas
Building Inspector
Duties & Responsibilities: Issue Building and Septic Permits • Enforce Zoning Code • Issue Violations • Answer Questions About Building and Zoning Issues.

Village Hall, 18 Church St., P.O. Box 59, Greenwood Lake, NY 10925 | Tel: 845-477-9217 | Fax: 845-477-7256 | Hours: 8am-4:00pm Monday-Friday

Village Code Reference

Municipal Compliance Certification Form
For Phase II SPDES General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s), GP-02-02 | Download copy of report (PDF approx file size 9mb 50 pp.).

Application Downloads:

• Building Permit Application
Septic Permit Application

Building Dept. Fee Schedule


Item Description
Building Permits $100.00 plus $6.00 per thousand of the total cost of construction.
Building Permit Renewal $50.00 (1 time renewal for 6 months)
Additional Violations $50.00 per inspection
Construction without Permit Additional $250.00 surcharge. Note: Fees must be paid prior to issuance of a permit.

Impact Fees

There is an impact fee for all new housing construction. The fee must be paid during the application process, after the building permits have been issued, but prior to the construction commencing. The fee scale is as follows:

Market Value Fee Amount
up to $100.000.00   $1500.00
$100.000.00 to $200.00.00 $2000.00
Above $200.00.00 $2,500.00

Septic Permit Fees:

$100 fee, plus escrow if needed. Septic repair and new systems require engineer design and escrow of $500.

Septic Information

Leaking septic systems can add unwanted nutrients to the water, increase plant and algae growth in the lake, and even encourage the rapid growth of invasive species like Eurasian Watermilfoil. Not to mention the potential health risks to humans!

Recognize the signs of a problem:

Sewage odors

Algae on rocks

Sewage backing up in the basement or in drains

Slow draining toilets, showers, tubs or sinks

Puddled water or wet areas above the leach field

Coliform bacteria or nitrates show up in tests of drinking water from your tap or near your dock

Bright green grass over the leach field may indicate the effluent is coming to the surface

Biodegradable dye flushed through your system is detectable in the lake

A dense stand of algae or plants along the shore

The coliform count is too high in your bay, cove or inlet

Maintenance TIPS:

Limit the amount of water entering your septic system

Measure the level of scum and sludge build-up every year

Make a map of your septic system. This will make it easier to locate problems if they occur

Make sure your family and guests understand and help protect your system from overuse and abuse

Keep maintenance records of inspections, pump-out dates and problems

Never allow grease to enter your septic system

Know the regulations for building and maintaining a septic system in your area (Pumping/inspection is required every three years!)

Do not pour solvents, chemicals, medicines, etc., down the drain or toilet

Do not connect a sump pump to your septic system

Route stormwater away from your septic system